White ex-officer charged in shooting death of black man seeks pre-trial release from jail

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A white former police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of a black motorist wants to be released from jail before his trial.

Attorneys for Michael Slager will be in court Thursday seeking the release of the former North Charleston officer charged with murder in the April 4 shooting death of Walter Scott.

A bystander's cellphone video showed Slager firing eight times as Scott tried to run away from a traffic stop. The incident inflamed the national debate about how blacks are treated by law officers.

Slager has been in solitary confinement since his arrest. Attorneys filed 150 pages of documents this week in support of the bond request including a psychological assessment that Slager poses little danger of doing violence.